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A GUIDE TO THE REDRESS SCHEME UNDER THE

RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONS REDRESS ACT, 2002 as amended

The Guide to the Redress Scheme originally published by the Board in December 2002 has been supplemented or amended by Newsletters published by the Board, and by the “Guide to Hearing Procedures” published by the Board in April 2003.  A revised edition of the Guide to the Redress Scheme was published in October 2004.  Part 4 of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act, 2005, has amended the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002, in a number of ways which affect the practice and procedure of the Board with immediate effect. This third edition of the Guide takes these additions and amendments into account and sets out the current practice of the Board in dealing with applications for redress.

The Board retains the right to make additional provisions and/or to amend its procedures from time to time in the light of further experience.  All such additions or amendments will be posted on the Board’s website and otherwise published as considered appropriate by the Board.

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this Guide

1.The purpose of this Guide is to explain how the Redress Board established under the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002 (“the Act”) deals with applications for redress.  The procedure followed by the Board is largely prescribed by the Act, by Regulations made by the Minister for Education and Science in accordance with the Act (a list of these Regulations is given in Appendix IV to this Guide) and by Part 4 of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act, 2005.  The Board must also comply with all appropriate requirements of the general law.  While every attempt has been made to ensure that this Guide complies with these legal requirements, in the event of a dispute it is the law, and not this Guide, which must be followed.  The Redress Board will be pleased to send a copy of the Act and the Regulations free of charge to any person who requests them.

2.It must also be pointed out that this Guide does not cover all the circumstances which may arise in the course of dealing with an application or all the matters which may have to be decided by the Board.  It is also possible that the procedure followed by the Board will be further modified in the light of experience. The Board has found it helpful to provide new and additional information as to its procedures by means of regular newsletters rather than by issuing new editions of the Guide.  Accordingly, this edition of the Guide may be amended or supplemented from time to time by newsletters which will be published on the Board’s website and copies of which will be available free of charge from the Board.  A further edition of this Guide may be published if considered appropriate by the Board.

3.The Board will in any case be pleased to answer any queries relating to its procedures. You may contact the Board as follows:

Postal address:Belfield Office Park, Beech Hill Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4.

Telephone:1 800 200 086 (Freephone) or 01 268 0600.

Fax:01 268 0025

Email:info@rirb.ie

Website:www.rirb.ie

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